Recommended Trees for North Central Texas

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Soil, temperature, and rainfall dictate what tree species will grow successfully in an area.  The following trees have proven to be good selections for North Central Texas;  however, there are potential problems with all tree species.

On most residential lots, it is recommended to plant 2” to 4” caliper trees.  Generally, it takes two to three years for a tree to become established and thrive.   Larger trees are available; then again, the larger the tree is at planting, the longer it takes to establish itself and the lower the survival rate.

Contact a reputable nursery to purchase, plant, and guarantee your tree.  We recommend the following trees for North Central Texas.

 

SCREENING TREES:

ARBORVITAE,  Thuja orientalis
ARIZONA CYPRESS,  Cupressus arizonica
BLUE POINT JUNIPER,  Juniperus chinensis ‘Blue Point’
CHINESE PHOTINIA,  Photinia serrulata
CAROLINA CHERRY LAUREL,  Prunus caroliniana
EAST PALATKA HOLLY,  Ilex x attenuata ‘East Palatka’*
EASTERN RED CEDAR,  Juniperus virginiana
LITTLE GEM MAGNOLIA,  Magnolia grandiflora ‘Little Gem’*
NELLIE R. STEVENS HOLLY,  Ilex x ‘Nellie R. Stevens’
SAVANNAH HOLLY,  Ilex x attenuatta ‘Savannah’*
YAUPON HOLLY,  Ilex vomitoria

ORNAMENTAL TREES:

BLUE POINT JUNIPER,  Cupressus arizonica
CAROLINA BUCKTHORN,  Rhamnus caroliniana
CAROLINA CHERRY LAUREL,  Prunus caroliniana
CREPE MYRTLE,  Lagerstroemia indica
DECIDUOUS HOLLY,  Ilex decidua
DESERT WILLOW,  Chilopsis linearis*
EAST PALATKA HOLLY,  Ilex x attenuata ‘East Palatka’*
COMMON FIG,  Ficus carica
FOREST PANSY REDBUD,  Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’
JAPANESE MAPLE,  Acer palmatum
LACEY OAK,  Quercus laceyi
MEXICAN BUCKEYE,  Ungnadia speciosa
MEXICAN PLUM,  Prunus mexicana
NELLIE R. STEVENS HOLLY,  Ilex x ‘Nellie R. Stevens’
OKLAHOMA REDBUD,  Cercis canadensis var texensis ‘Oklahoma’
RUSTY BLACKHAW VIBURNUM,  Viburnum rufidulum
SAVANNAH HOLLY,  Ilex x attenuata ‘Savannah’
FLAMELEAF SUMAC,  Rhus lanceolata
TEXAS MOUNTAIN LAUREL,  Sophora secundiflora*
VITEX,  Vitex agnus-castus
YAUPON HOLLY,  Ilex vomitoria

MEDIUM TREES:

ARISTOCRAT PEAR,  Pyrus calleryana ‘Aristocrat’*
CHINESE PISTACHE,  Pistacia chinensis*
EASTERN RED CEDAR,  Juniperus virginiana
EVE’S NECKLACE,  Sophora affinis*
GINKGO,  Ginkgo biloba
LITTLE GEM MAGNOLIA,  Magnolia grandiflora ‘Little Gem’*
SHANTUNG MAPLE,  Acer truncatum*

LARGE TREES:

AMERICAN ELM,  Ulmus americana
ARIZONA CYPRESS,  Cupressus arizonica
BALD CYPRESS,  Taxodium distichum
BOIS D’ ARC,  Maclura pomifera
BUR OAK,  Quercus macrocarpa
CEDAR ELM,  Ulmus crassifolia
CHINQUAPIN OAK,  Quercus muehlenbergii
DEODAR CEDAR,  Cedrus deodar
LIVE OAK, Quercus virginiana and Quercus fusiformis*
PECAN,  Carya illinoensis*
AMERICAN PERSIMMON,  Diospyros virginiana
SOUTHERN MAGNOLIA,  Magnolia grandiflora*

PALMS:

CALIFORNIA FAN PALM,  Washingtonia filifera*
MEXICAN FAN PALM,  Washingtonia robusta*
NEEDLE PALM,  Rhapidophyllum hystrix
SABAL PALM,  Sabal texana
WINDMILL PALM,  Trachycarpus fortunei


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* Please see the Issues Details below or contact your arborist regarding these trees. For additional tree species information, see the Texas Tree Trails© web site.


*POTENTIAL ISSUES WITH SELECTED SPECIES:

California Fan Palm: Can suffer from freeze damage in severe winters.

Chinese Pistache: Girdling roots can often be a problem due to being growing in a container.  This is true for all container grown trees.  Listed as an invasive species.

East Palatka Holly: Not a native tree, but seems to perform quite well.  Growth can be slow and foliage can be chlorotic in alkaline soil.

Eve’s Necklace: Grows very slowly, sensitive to poorly drained or over-watered soils.

Ginkgo: Grows very slowly, recommended not to plant the female due to its foul smelling frui

Little Gem Magnolia: Prefers full sunlight, sensitive to poorly drained or over-watered soils.

Live Oak: Susceptible to Oak Wilt disease.

Mexican Fan Palm: Can suffer from freeze damage in severe winters.

Pecan: Extremely large tree, can produce significant volume of litter.

Savannah Holly: Prefers full sunlight, sensitive to poorly drained or over-watered soils.

Shantung Maple: Sensitive to poorly drained or over-watered soils.  The tree has not been in our landscape for an extended period of time, so there is some question of possible long term problems.  But so far, it is doing very well and seems to be adapted to our alkaline soils.

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Southern Magnolia: Develops very visible surface roots, sensitive to poorly drained or over-watered soils, foliage can be chlorotic in alkaline soil.

Texas Mountain Laurel: Grows very slowly, prefers full sunlight, sensitive to poorly drained or over-watered soils.

Revised September 2017